Today on Weekend Meanderings, a new favorite outdoor pillow, an essential t-shirt, books I can’t wait to get my hands on and Tina Turner’s friend and interior designer is on Martha’s podcast.
Happy weekend, friends!
It’s Saturday and I’m joining Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.
Our weekly roundup of inspiration and goings on.
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Oh my gosh, it’s June already.
It was a busy week.
We celebrated Jim’s birthday at Elia in Walnut Creek.
Niece Shelby and I met up for a lunch and shopping date.
I had a quick bite with everyone’s Favorite Contessa.
See her latest garden post here.
Jim sipped and I shopped.
Afterwards we went to our local hangout, Lafayette Public House, where I had a Pineapple Aperol Spritz.
I’ll have to learn to make it and get back to sharing Friday night cocktails.
We watched the series finales of favorite shows, Succession and Ted Lasso.
Did anyone else notice the actress playing the younger Roy’s mom is also Rebecca’s mom?
Yesterday, we took our dogs for a picnic in the park to celebrate Pippa’s 9th birthday.
We always take them for burgers on their birthday’s … they share a plain patty.
In other news, the sun is out.
It’s going to be a very nice weekend.
Let’s get down to business.
A BACKYARD COUPLES BABY SHOWER
This week on the blog I shared Deanna and Tom’s backyard, couples baby shower and ideas for hosting an outdoor event. As well as all our sources. Key ingredients … patio umbrellas and ice! I shared some behind the scenes in this video.
In addition to being all around wonderful shower, the cookies from Kathleen at Sugar by Shone were a highlight. If you’re local, I can’t recommend her enough. She took my scattered ideas and created exactly what I dreamed of for the shower.
The cupcakes are from Cupcakin Bake Shop, and I dropped them into these pretty floral cupcake cups.
DECORATOR STEPHEN SILLS
You know I’m a fan of the Martha Stewart podcast. On her latest episode she interviews decorator Stephen Sills. I should probably be embarrassed to say I wasn’t familiar with Stephen, but I’m up-to-speed and on the bandwagon. Stephen is Martha’s friend and neighbor in Bedford, New York. And his Bedford property looks gorgeous based upon this Habitually Chic feature of his garden and guesthouse. Take a look.
Toward the end of the pod Stephen he talks about his friendship with Tina Turner and working with her to decorate her homes in the South of France and Switzerland.
He also worked with her to create the Tina Tuner Museum at Flagg Grove School near her hometown of Nutbush, Tennessee. People magazine spoke with Stephen about his friend, Tina. And I enjoyed the story of her stay at his home and the origins of Martha Stewart’s recent Instagram post. I shared my feelings on Tina’s passing last week.
SUMMER OUTDOOR PILLOWS
Niece Shelby and I went out for lunch and a little shopping this week and wandered into Pottery Barn. I’ve been eying these round crochet outdoor pillows and they were on sale … so I’m now the proud owner of two. Obviously. Jim didn’t see the obvious part. He wondered – out loud – how many outdoor pillows we need. He wondered the same thing about the cute tray I bought at the sip and shop. I don’t really know how to respond to these inquiries. It’s like we don’t speak the same language.
Anyway, once the pillows were on our chaise lounges I led Jim outside to see them knowing that’d he’d immediately understand why we need to have them. He still didn’t get it. You can lead a horse to water …
Pottery Barn has many beautiful outdoor pillows … all on sale clearance!
I like these colorful, floral and paisley too.
A NEW FAVORITE BASIC TEE
A basic t-shirt is a wardrobe essential and one I reach for nearly everyday. I lead a glamorous life. My recent Nordstrom personal styling experience led me to acquiring a spiffy blue and white striped pocket tee that I promptly spilled BBQ sauce on. Despite my extensive stain removal knowledge, thanks to Laundry Patrik, I failed at completely removing the stain. Fortunately, Nordstrom’s Caslon brand is reasonably priced so I bought another. And I could wear it everyday. It’s part of my new summer uniform which I would wear everyday if I wasn’t prone to spilling.
Because I believe in buying multiples when you find a basic you love I purchased the tee in several other colors.
BOOKS ON PRE-ORDER
I have a book addiction. But there are worse things. As soon as I hear about an interesting book I rush to buy it, or pre-order. Pre-ordering helps the author and takes care of my fear-of-missing-out-on-a-good-book anxiety. These are the books currently in my pre-order queue.
First Position by first time author (and Mick Jagger’s ballerina girlfriend) Melanie Hamrick. Romance and intrigue inside a national ballet company.
The Five-Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand (release date June 13)
The Summer of Songbirds by Kristy Woodson Harvey (release date July 11)
Brothers & Sisters: The Allman Brothers Band & the Inside Story of the Album that Defined the 70’s by Alan Paul (release date July 25). Alan Paul is a frequent WSJ writer covering the music industry has written several books including the best the best selling One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band. Yes, I’m a fan.
The Home Edit: Stay Organized: The Ultimate Guide to Making Systems Stick … the latest from Clea & Joanna, The Home Edit dynamic duo (release date (September 19)
Wear It Well: Reclaim Your Closet & Rediscover the Joy of Getting Dressed by Allison Bornstein (release date September 26). Allison is a stylist and wardrobe consultant with a really helpful Instagram and TikTok who I mentioned here.
And that’s what I have for you this week.
Let’s see what’s inspiring Kim and Elizabeth …
And another thing ~
Last week I shared Change of Scenery, a new-to-me sustainable swim and resort wear brand … and this week I have a code! Save 10% on orders over $100 until June 30 at Change of Scenery using code SPRITZER10!
Are you following the NHL and NBA playoffs?! Did you know the Florida teams have a chance to do something that’s never been done in sports history! And that has me cheering for both of them … Go Hot Cats!
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Cheers from Snowberry!